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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR3131
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: COLLIETY P Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Method of Assessment:
10,000 word final project.
This assessment has been designed to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate critical evaluation, information management and communication skills commensurate with level 3 studies and the module learning outcomes.

Selected topics chosen for the project must be related to the health and social care context. Topics can be examined at an operational or strategic level. All issues must be examined / analysed from a professional, ethical and legal perspective.

Projects based on a review of practice:
Students undertaking these projects will create a research design based on an area of practice that is of particular interest to them. They will undertake a literature review of the area. Describe current practice together with the history and background of the practice. The student will explore policy or guidelines related to the practice and discuss these in light of the literature review. The student will then outline a research proposal that will investigate the area of practice.

Project based on audit:
Using Service improvements: PDS (Plan, Do, Study)
Students undertaking these projects will carry out a piece of audit, not research. Clinical Audit is a quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through the systematic review of care against explicit criteria. Aspects of the structure, processes and outcomes of care are selected and systematically evaluated against explicit criteria (NICE 2002). The student will outline a proposal to confirm recommended improvement in healthcare delivery.

Project based on research using existing data
Students undertaking these projects will create a research design based on data that has already been collected. The student will do a literature review of the area of interest. A number of supervisors have data available that could be used by those students keen to undertake data analysis; alternatively data can be accessed via the internet.

Projects based on a research design:
Students undertaking these projects will create a research design including a full specification of all the necessary materials required for carrying out the research (e.g. questionnaires, interview schedules, patient information sheets, consent forms etc.)

Module Overview
Module Aims
The aims of this module are to enable the student to critically analyse policy and management issues in relation to child health at local, national and international levels. Students will also explore the complexity of policy development and implementation and service delivery and the legal and ethical parameters of their practice. They will also be able to analyse and enhance their own contribution to care and that of others. It is intended that the students will develop their skills of critical analysis and synthesis in relation to their own practice and practice development as well as research skills in relation to evidence-based practice. Additionally, students will explore the context within which evidence-based practice occurs and the drivers and constraints influencing it.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
1. analyse and evaluate policy and management issues affecting service provision in relation to client need and policy requirements at local, national and international levels .
2. debate international influences on child health.
3. discuss legal aspects of policy regulation and associated ethical issues.
4. critically evaluate the effectiveness of personal development plans as a means to increase performance
5. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of practice development
6. critically review different leadership styles and their impact on effective teamwork and care delivery.
7. discuss the need for evidence-based practice in the current health care systems, in order to achieve clinical effectiveness.
8. understand the variety of ways in which service users and carers may be involved in service change and delivery
9. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research - design, methodology, with a critical ethical dimension to project work

Cognitive skills
1. utilise the concept of evidence based practice in relation to their own practice
2. critically evaluate factors that influence contemporary health and social care policy development and delivery.
3. understand the relevant agendas and develop appropriate strategies for practice development
4. utilise and evaluate strategies designed to empower children, young people and their families to influence and use available services
5. discuss the complexities arising from legal and ethical dilemmas and their impact on decision-making.
6. recognise the impact of organizational culture on practice, at micro, mezzo and macro levels
7. debate the influences of policy and management issues on practice development,
8. critically evaluate research and practice-based evidence to support work.

Values and attitudes
1. incorporate a critical ethical dimension to health care practice
2. appraise research from an ethical perspective

Key skills
1. demonstrate skills related to information and communication technology in the retrieval and presentation of data
2. critically analyse, evaluate and apply complex data
3. understand quality issues such as audit, benchmarking and clinical governance.
4. take responsibility for self-managed learning
5. demonstrate an awareness of how to effectively disseminate information
6. selection and management of information in order to support practice change through research.
Module Content
Summary of Content:
Accountability, including record keeping
Professional competence
Clinical audit
Training and development
Decision making
Advanced Assessment
Clinical supervision
Adverse event reporting
Risk management
Evidence based practice
Relevant child health policy documents
Managing change in a health care context
Conflict management
Inter-disciplinary teamwork
Professional development
Educating own / others learning / performance
Support roles
World Health issues relating to children and families including pathophysiology eg HIV/AIDS, sickle cell
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Chambers R, Boath E, Rogers D. 2004. Clinical Effectiveness and Clinical Governance Made Easy Radcliffe Medical Press. Oxford

Cottrell S. 2003. Skills for Success. Palgrave McMillan. Basingstoke

Department of Health 2001 The Research Governance Framework For Health and Social Care.

Ellis P., 2010 Understanding research for Nursing Students Learning Matters Exeter

Holland K and Rees C 2010 Nursing: Evidence Based Practice Skills. Oxford University Press Oxford

Martin V, Henderson E. (eds) 2001 Managing in Health and Social Care. Routledge. London

McMillan K and Weyers J., 2010 How To Write Dissertations and Project Reports. Pearson Harlow

McNichol E, Hamer S. 2007 Leadership and Management a Three Dimensional Approach Nelson Thornes. Cheltenham

Moule P, and Goodman M., 2009 Nursing Research an Introduction Sage London

Polit DF, Beck CT 2006 Essential of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal and Utilisation 6th ed Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. London

Price R and Harrington, A., 2010 Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students Learning Matters Exeter

Thompson C, Dowding D. (eds) 2002 Clinical Decision Making and Judgements in Nursing Churchill Livingstone. London


Craig JV, Smyth R. (eds) 2002 The Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh

Department of Health 2004 National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services HMSO London

Green S Hogan D (Eds) 2006 Researching Children’s Experiences:
Approaches and Methods Sage Publications London

Greig A Taylor J MacKay T 2007 Doing Research with Children second edition Sage Publications London

Holloway I 2007 Narrative Research in Nursing Blackwell. Oxford

Iles V 2005 Really Managing Health 2nd ed Open University Press. Maidenhead

Lipe, S. K, and Beasley, S., 2004 Critical Thinking in Nursing; A Cognitive Skills Workbook Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Philadelphia

Martin V, Henderson E. (eds) 2001 Managing in Health and Social Care. Routledge. London

Marquis B, Huston C 2006 Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia

Miller J 2001/2002 Clinical Governance Nursing Times Clinical Monographs N 56.Emap Healthcare Ltd. London

National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2002 Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit Radcliffe Medical Press. Oxford Available at:

Polit DF Beck CT 2006 Essentials of Nursing Research :Methods, Appraisel and Utilisation, 6th ED Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, London

Royal College of Nursing 2003 Clinical Governance an RCN resource guide RCN. London

Smith P, James T, Lorentzon M, and Pope R (eds) 2004 Shaping the facts: evidence based nursing and healthcare Elsevier Science. Edinburgh

Thompson C, Dowding D. (eds) 2002 Clinical Decision Making and Judgements in Nursing. Churchill Livingstone. London

Young A P & Cook M (eds) 2002 Managing and Implementing Decisions in Heatlhcare. Harcourt Pub. London


Cox CL, Reyes-Hughes A. 2001 Clinical Effectiveness in practice Palgrave. Basingstoke
Els van Ooijen 2000 Clinical Supervision, a practical approach Churchill Livingstone. London

McNichol E, Hamer S2007 Leadership and Management a Three Dimensional Approach Nelson Thornes, Cheltemham

Rolf G, Freshwater D & Jasper M. 2001 Critical Reflection for Nursing Palgrave. Basingstoke

Sullivan E, Decker P 2005 Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing 6th ed Pearson. New Jersey

Talbot Smith AE, Ploock A 2006 The New NHS a Guide Routledge. London

Young AP and Cook M. (eds) 2002 Managing and Implementing Decisions in Healthcare Harcourt Pub. London

Journal Titles

British Journal of Community Nursing
Community Practitioner
Health Services Journal
Journal of Medical Ethics (BMA)
Nurse Researcher
Nursing Ethics
Nursing Standard
Nursing Times
The UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
Journal of Advanced Practice

Websites (look under @C’ for clinical guidelines)

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